TRANSNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION AND 21st CENTURY EDUCATION
Internationalisation in Central European countries
Internationalization of higher education in Central Europe is on the rise. The last decade has been marked by remarkable achievements at national and institutional level in all the three selected countries – Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. National governments make substantial investments into specific national programs and initiatives supporting internationalization of higher education. Higher education institutions increase numbers of foreign students and staff, enlarge the spectrum of mobility options for local students and develop strategic partnerships with foreign higher education institutions all over the world, with special focus on the Asian regions. At the same time, national governments as well as higher education institutions increasingly seek strategic approaches to internationalization, developing national and institutional policies, setting specific priorities and goals and monitoring the results. However, there are also challenges to be solved, especially those related to internationalization at home, quality of teaching in foreign languages and removing obstacles to mobility. The Central European region shows common characteristics and shares major accomplishments in the last years as well as key issues and challenges related to internationalization development which remain to be tackled.
1. Learn about the current state of international higher education in Central Europe, with a special focus on three selected countries – Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Understand the key issues and challenges related to internationalization development in this region and selected countries, including recent accomplishments and trends, emphasizing linkages with the Asian regions.
2. Recognize common characteristics of the Central European region and understand drivers for internationalization at regional, national and institutional level. Learn about the current national priorities in internationalization, recent developments in student and staff mobility and plans for future developments at national level.
3. Compare the latest developments in Central Europe and Asia, learn about the different approaches to internationalization and develop new ideas and models for strategic cooperation between Asian and Central European higher education institutions.
4. Enhance the knowledge of internationalization policies and strategies in Central Europe, including collaboration strategies with the Asian higher education.
Ms Dana Petrova
Centre for International Cooperation in Education (DZS)
Dana Petrova is Director at the Centre for International Cooperation in Education (DZS), Czech Republic. She was previously Director of the International Office at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic and Senior Project Manager at CHE Consult GmbH, Germany. She is member of the ACA Administrative Council and EAIE Leadership.
Ms Orsolya Jánosik
Deputy Head of unit
Tempus Public Foundation (TPF)
Mr Łukasz Wojdyga
Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA)
Łukasz Wojdyga is Director of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA). He was previously the Director of the Centre for International Cooperation at the Warsaw University of Technology and Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for the establishment of the NAWA. In 2016, he was